This week the world has water on its mind, as scientists and policy makers from all over the globe convene in Stockholm to discuss water and food security. Earlier this year, between February and July, a much smaller delegation made up of only two young South Africans (Alex Antrobus and Murray Beaumont) and their bicycles, pondered similar issues as they cycled more than 7000km through sub-Saharan Africa to raise money and awareness for clean drinking water.
Travelling through Africa overland can be challenging at the best of times, even in a motor vehicle that offer shelter from headwinds, thunderstorms and Africa’s scariest animal (the Tsetse fly, in case you had a mammalian carnivore in mind!). However, one perk of choosing muscle power over diesel, aside from its climate friendliness and fitness benefits, is that it offers the opportunity to go slower, and to see way more.
During their travels, Alex and Murray did see more. They saw more than just beautiful African landscapes, the odd curio stop, and interesting African people. They saw African environments, cultures and context. And now they would like to share their encounters with African conservation – parks, people, practitioners, with you.
Credit and Copyright: Amazi Awethu
For the next three months or so, Amanzi Awethu will use MAPA’s registry of African conservation to relive, and retell their journey through a conservation lense. They will be updating and uploading parks and projects they travelled through and came into contact with as they made their way through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, and will be sharing some of their stories with you while they do so.
If you missed their journey the first time around, you can follow this virtual sojourn on this blog, as well as on our Twitter, Google+ and Facebook pages. If you can’t wait that long, you can read all about their journey on the Amazi Awethu! blog, as well as on their Facebook page. We can’t wait to start this ride!